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Poster: wisconsindead Date: Dec 15, 2011 7:55pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Santas Gotta Make it to Town - TDIH

LIA, as always, your responses are greatly appreciated. Thanks for chiming in.

Neat to hear that my intuitions about the transition were likely the case with some people.

If you don't mind me asking, what was your touring experience like with the dead? Earliest shows, how many, the normal gist. ..

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Poster: light into ashes Date: Dec 15, 2011 8:11pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Santas Gotta Make it to Town - TDIH

I never saw them.

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Poster: dark.starz Date: Dec 15, 2011 9:06pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Santas Gotta Make it to Town - TDIH

Both December 1971 Hill Auditorium performances were excellent, my preference is the evening prior.

Check out the stellar Cryptical > Drums > The Other One. The interplay between Jerry, Phil and Keith on The Other One is stunning with Bill, Pig & Weir following closely in rhythm. One word sums it up; "Drippy!"


Hill Auditorium Ann Arbor, MI December 14th, 1971

http://www.archive.org/details/gd1971-12-14.sbd.cantor-orf.133.shnf

Set 1:

Truckin, Sugaree, Mr. Charlie, Beat it On Down The Line, Loser, Jack Straw, Next Time You See Me, Tennessee Jed, El Paso, Big Railroad Blues, Me & My Uncle, Run, Rudolph, Run, Black Peter, Playing in the Band, Casey Jones

Set 2:

Ramble On Rose, Mexicali Blues, Big Boss Man, Cryptical Envelopment > Drums > The Other One > Wharf Rat, Sugar Magnolia, You Win Again, Not Fade Away > Going Down the Road > Not Fade Away


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Poster: boat man Date: Dec 16, 2011 7:56am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Santas Gotta Make it to Town - TDIH

The 14th was actually my first show. I was just a kid and it was my birthday.
I had two much older cousins who worked at the auditorium as ushers and they let me hang with them.
I remember the first set, especially the Run Run Roudolph, as I always called it, but I think I was too tired to remember much of the second set other than the Other One suite, which freaked me out.
It was a cold, mushy Ann Arbor night but I'll always remember the smelly, steamy, smoky glow of that old auditorium.